Showing posts from September, 2011

Coming Out From vs. Going Into the World

Sometimes Christians are presented with opportunities to be a witness for the Lord in unconventional places.   One of them might be a secular television program.   Back in 1969, Billy Graham appeared on “Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In”, a show that often featured humor with sexual innuendos.   Billy issued a statement in response to inquiries from concerned Christians by pointing out, “ Jesus moved among the publicans and sinners.” L ast year Welsh minister Dave Vaughan was the runner-up on the U. K. reality show, “Big Brother.”   Dave later shared with me how that opened many doors for him to reach non-believers with the gospel. Then this past week, it was announced Pastor Ted Haggard would appear with actor Gary Busey on the reality show “Celebrity Wife Swap.”   When I first heard about this, I was a bit stunned.   The dictionary defines wife swapping as “the practice within a group of married couples of exchanging sexual partners on a casual basis.”   Some Chr

A Vow to Cherish

Christian television can be beneficial to one’s spiritual growth in addition to attending regular church services. Nevertheless, one shouldn’t blindly accept everything said by any preacher. We must be like the Bereans who “…searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11) Recently one well-known minister was asked on TV for his counsel regarding a man whose wife suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Because the wife didn’t recognize her husband anymore, this man started seeing another woman. The minister replied by saying, “I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her.” The minister’s co-host reminded him that marriage vows include taking care of each other “for better or for worse” (the marriage vow also specifically mentions “in sickness and in health”). His immediate response to that was, “If you